Herman Cain Leading the GOP 2012 Field in Florida
A poll unveiled by the American Research Group (ARG) on Thursday found that businessman Herman Cain, who won the Presidency 5 straw poll last month in Orlando, now leads the pack of Republican presidential candidates in Florida.
Cain topped the poll with 34 percent followed by former Gov. Mitt Romney of Massachusetts, who placed second in the 2008 Florida presidential primary, with 28 percent. Former U.S. House Speaker Newt Gingrich placed third with 11 percent.
The rest of the field lagged behind in single digits. Despite finishing second in the Presidency 5 straw poll, Gov. Rick Perry of Texas took fourth with 5 percent. U.S. Rep. Ron Paul of Texas placed fifth in the Sunshine State with 4 percent followed by U.S. Rep. Michele Bachmann of Minnesota with 3 percent. Three candidates -- former Gov. Jon Huntsman of Utah, former Gov. Buddy Roemer of Louisiana and former U.S. Sen. Rick Santorum of Pennsylvania -- tied for seventh with 1 percent. Former Gov. Gary Johnson of New Mexico received less than 1 percent.
The poll of 600 likely Republican primary voters living in Florida was taken from Oct. 7-12 and had a margin of error of +/- 4 percent.